For a Mom Suffering Loss

Help in Time of Miscarriage

Saturday Book Pick: Karen Edmisten offers her experience and insights to hurting mothers.

When I lost my second child to miscarriage nearly 20 years ago, I searched Catholic bookstores in vain for a book on miscarriage.

I suffered interiorly for years, until my parish held a healing Mass on Feb. 2 (feast of the Presentation) for mothers who had lost a baby. It was an extraordinary evening of grace. We named our babies, writing their names on certificates which were laid upon the altar as we entrusted them to Christ.  continue here


For a Baptized Child

Lord of all gentleness, surround us with Your care and comfort us in our sorrow, for we grieve at the loss of this [little] child. As You washed (Name) in the waters of baptism and welcomed him/her into the life of heaven, so call us one day to be reunited with him/her and share forever in the joy of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For an Unbaptized Child

O Lord, Whose ways are beyong understanding, listen to the prayers of Your faithful people: that those weighed down by grief at the loss of this [little] child may find reassurance in Your infinite goodness. Amen.


For a Stillborn Child

Lord God, ever caring and gentle, we commit to Your love this little one, quickened to life for so short a time. Enfold him/her in eternal life. We pray for his/her parents who are saddened by the loss of their child. Give them courage and help them in their pain and grief. May they all meet one day in the joy and peace of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For the Deceased Child

To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust this child, so precious in Your sight. Take him/her into Your arms and welcome him/her into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Son or Daughter

O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.



Eternal Rest grant unto Anthony Strauss

A note to us from the Poor Clare Colettine Nuns in Wales.

Dear Little hearts, This is a precious witness to love and faith, what love and faith can do for a family.  Please remember them all, lovingly all your sisters.

Eternal Rest grant unto Anthony Strauss, O Lord

and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.

May his Soul and the Souls of all the Faithful Departed

through the Mercy of God,

Rest in Peace.


On Thursday afternoon (December 29, 2011), just after 3 pm, Hour of Mercy, while Anthony’s parents held him in their arms, dear little Anthony passed on into the Loving Arms of Our Eternal Father. He was surrounded in prayer and song by his family and friends as he entered into His Father’s House to join his beloved sister, Gloria!

God reward you all for your prayers…and please continue them for Anthony and the entire Strauss family.

Someone created a photo montage and in it there are quite a few pictures of Anthony with his dear sister, Gloria who passed after a long battle with cancer. You see him, after her death, holding a big picture of her during the memorial held in a large high school gym. There has been a child’s book and an adult book written of the miracle of Gloria’s short life and dying/death…called Gloria’s Miracle. I was told that it was translated into Polish where there has been much prayer to Gloria for intercession.

Now, little Anthony is with his sister Gloria! May they pray for us all!

Below are some pictures I thought you would treasure seeing.

Gloria said that praying the rosary was the only time that she didn’t feel pain.

the boys.,,,,,